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Sumnima Tamule is in a crisis. Her friends at Rhododendron High School girls from semi-royal and other rich families will soon be going abroad, but she with second division marks in her final exams. might have to settle for a grimy little college in town. Her parents. plodding away in middle-class Kathmandu, are deeply disappointed, and all their hopes are now pinned on Numi, her sister. Sundry cousins from their village in far-off Lungla-driven out by poverty and the warring Maoists-come to live with the family, trample upon her privacy and wage kitchen politics with Boju. her foul-tongued grandmother. Other relatives embarrass her with their gauche village ways. And, worst of all, Sagar Sumnimas US-returned R) boyfriend, for whom she has been lying, sneaking around and stealing money from home, keeps her waiting for his phone calls.
Employing a rich east of characters. The Wayward Daughter tells the story of a young girl seeking out love, finding herself and her own spaces in life. Equally, it draws a telling portrait of Kathmandu-its class and caste divisions, its cosmopolitanism which exists alongside conservative attitudes, and its policies due to which a civil war looms. Written with humour, empathy and skill, this novel is a must-read.